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I haven't entered any Photo Friday challenges in the last few weeks as I haven't had time to participate, but I couldn't resist this one – Furry – suggested by Heather. We got a couple of kittens at the weekend. Well, I say "we", what I really mean is that our daughters got a couple of kittens, and while I have to confess to not being the world's greatest animal lover I do think these two are cute.

What's interesting about this shot, for me at least, is that I took around 30 photographs and the composition was 'off' on all of them. A lot of them though worked much better at a 4x3 crop (the same as my G5) rather than a 3x2 (my 20D). I suspect that I need to rethink my compositions as it seems that I'm probably falling back on old habits; i.e. attempting to use my 20D in the same way I used the G5.

And I do realise that there are limitless ways to interpret 'Furry' that don't involve pet cats, I just couldn't come up with any today ;-)

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3.44pm on 28/9/04
Canon 20D
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
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yes (4x3)
4x3 + photo friday [noteworthy]
comment by nancy at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2004

Interesting observations on the ratio. I just ordered a 20D after using my G2 for 3 years so you gave me something to look out for. What a sweet little face on the kitty. I can't wait to get my photo blog going, your site has inspired me to prioritize this project to the top of the que


comment by miklos at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2004

'atta boy Dave. Welcome back. :)

comment by Tin at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2004

did you adjust the brightness in photoshop? i'm surprised that the camera didnt require exposure compensation for a given scene like this... so white. i would think that it would fool the camera's 12.5% gray meter.

nice feel to the image.

comment by aroablog at 11:52 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2004

great photo!

comment by djn1 at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2004

Tin: yes, I lifted the brightness in PS. I should have compensated the exposure – but I forgot. That said, the tonal range of the original was relatively smooth so I'm not sure that I'd have created a better image if I had compensated.

comment by Turfdigger at 12:27 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

No doubt dreaming of a future feline frolic:-)
Beautiful image - I really like the balance between softness and detail...almost dreamlike.

comment by Russ at 12:39 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Great shot! You create so many images utilizing reflections that at first glance that's what I thougt this was. It took a few seconds to realize that was not likely/possible here. Of course, your comments cleared that up completely. The light pink nose in an otherwise colorless image is very subtle but perfectly placed to draw your attention. Good composition (interesting observations on the ratio) and a very pleasing image.

comment by Jeremy at 12:47 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

awwww... great shot

comment by Kayleigh at 03:23 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

this makes me miss my feline. nice shot.

comment by your_waitress at 04:23 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

aawww, those have to be the cutest kittens ever. very nice shot. the pov and tones are wonderful, especially the pink nose. ;-)

do they have names??

comment by mark at 05:33 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

so, you got yourself a 20d!....awesome!..

great great shot of the kitty...love the high key look

comment by roozbeh at 09:14 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

lovely. nice harmony. great moment

comment by Maxine at 09:47 AM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

I am not a great fun of animal photos but I really like this one, as someone said before, I was sure the photo was about a cat and its reflection..nice surprise I was wrong :)

comment by Jay at 02:18 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

You might not be an animal lover right now, but you will be. Cats have the power of mind control over us mere humans: example - you didn't want to post pictures of your pets, but they made you do it (without even waking up!)
lovely shot :-)

comment by trudie at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

i really like this. the photo itself almost feels soft and furry. i feel like i'm right there peeking at the kittens, not just looking at a photo.

quite a difference from yesterday--skeletons to kittens. i think you've got it all covered! :)

comment by RainKing at 03:13 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Sweet pic, although I was kind of disappointed to see the 4x3 crop back. I guess it's just me. :)

comment by Cheeky Girl at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how cute!

comment by miles at 04:12 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

How can you not love these guys, when I first looked I assumed you'd take one kitten in front of a mirror! Great choice of presentation.

comment by 'daisies at 05:20 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

cute little balls of furry funnesss :)

ah ... ah ... ahchoo! berry allergic but am loving these little guys!

comment by photoloukey at 05:55 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

beautiful shot. thought it was a b&w until i saw the slight pink of her nose. great close up, very content feeling.

comment by Frank at 06:06 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Shots like this make me wish Photo Friday would do a theme called "Cute: And get it out of your system with this theme"

I did mushrooms, but this is fine as it is.

comment by Jason Wall at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

For the longest time, I really resisted the practice of cropping photos. It seemed like cheating somehow. For that matter, I did very little post shot processing on my images. But then it occured to me that maybe it wasn't so bad.

Here's the problem. I would frequently be pleased with a composition, only to discover that you couldn't frame it without damaging the image because it would crop too much. So I learned to compose less with my camera and to shoot generally wider than I thought was optimum. That way, I can always crop it to the ratio I think best suits the image later, and in the event I shot to close, not all was lost.

Most pro photographers crop their prints before printing, both in fine art and wedding type photography.

Oh, and I'm a sucker for cute.

comment by 'Pong at 07:06 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Too cute! I was really tempted to post out cat for Photo Friday's Furry too. But I got the big cat instead. Great shot as always.

comment by Dave at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Didn't have any problems with a pop-up, although I've seen that happen to others. Thats such a vicious way to put adds on a site.

The photo is marvelous. I love the focus on the subject alone. Its feels likes its own little world. Beautiful.

comment by djn1 at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2004

Thanks everyone.

your_waitress: our daughter's have christened them Sky and River.

Jay: I suspect you're right ;-)

Rainking: I'm doing my best to avoid it, it's just a bit ingrained at the moment.

photoloukey: actually, it is a b&w, other than the nose. Their colouring is more cream/brown. I'll take a picture when they're awake and leave it in colour as they also have very striking blue eyes.

comment by JJ Kim at 01:04 AM (GMT) on 30 September, 2004

I like the way the soft pink just adds a splash of colour to what would otherwise be a b&w photo =)

comment by Em at 04:40 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2004

v.cute kitties

comment by Urbanite at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2004

Now you may know that I cannot stand cats and photos of them are one of my biggest pet hates, but my God, if you haven't gone and taken a photo of one that I actually like !! You are indeed a genius. I entered a furry seed pod into Photo Friday due to my dislike of cats, sorry.

comment by Andrea at 02:13 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Awwww so relaxing and what an adorable kitty!

comment by fredrik at 06:26 AM (GMT) on 5 October, 2004

congrats on the noteworthy! certainly well-deserved:) the composition and tonal range are awesome!

comment by amanda at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 5 October, 2004

omg cutest cat pic ever
and i dont even like cats much

comment by your_waitress at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 5 October, 2004

congrats to sky, river, and of course you on the noteworthy. those are perfect names. have fun with them! ;-)

comment by Dan at 02:06 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Wow, very nice picture. I love the contrast of the white and the pink nose. I have cats myself and they look very similer to that cat. Well done!

comment by Berta at 09:17 AM (GMT) on 9 October, 2004

Great picture!!!

comment by claire-obscure at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 6 December, 2004

This is cute beyond words.

comment by Helen Jones at 02:43 AM (GMT) on 11 July, 2005

This is a very adorable photo. Great job!